Bucs place Sweezy on reserve/PUP list
TAMPA, Fla. — The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have placed receiver Louis Murphy and guard J.R. Sweezy on the reserve/ physically unable to perform list, meaning they’ll be sidelined for at least the first five games of the regular season.
The team also announced Tuesday that receiver Donteea Dye (injured) and offensive lineman Joel Hale were waived. Meanwhile, linebacker Jeremiah George and safety Kimario McFadden were re-signed, two days after being among the club’s initial cuts.
Murphy is recovering from a knee injury that sidelined him part of last season. Sweezy, who played with the Seattle Seahawks from 2012-15, signed with Tampa Bay in free agency and missed all of training camp after undergoing surgery for a herniated disk in his back.
Dye, who started five games as a rookie last season, suffered a hamstring injury during last week’s preseason game against Cleveland.
Rams cut Coples
IRVINE, Calif. — The Los Angeles Rams terminated the contract of defensive lineman Quinton Coples while trimming their roster down to 75 players.
Coples signed a two-year deal with the Rams in March after the former first-round pick spent his first four NFL seasons mostly with the New York Jets.
The Rams initially signed Coples to play defensive end, but moved him to defensive tackle during training camp. He forced two fumbles and made a sack in an exhibition win over Kansas City earlier this month.
But coach Jeff Fisher says he didn’t see Coples making the roster for the Rams, who have one of the NFL’s best defensive lines.
Los Angeles also waived 14 players, including safety Jordan Lomax and tight end Jake Stoneburner.
Lewis, Vollmer to PUP list
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — The New England Patriots placed running back Dion Lewis and tackle Sebastian Vollmer on the reserve/physically unable to perform list, and released three additional players to meet the NFL’s 75-player roster limit.
The players released Tuesday were linebacker Ramon Humber, offensive lineman Keavon Milton and tight end Steven Scheu.